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Legislature Looking at Banning the Sale of Pocket Knives

Senator Ihara has introduced Senate Bill 126.

Description: Prohibits sale of pocket knives. Defines pocket knife.

I really doubt that this will fly through the legislature.  I know too many hunters, fishermen, and people who use pocket knives as a simple tool.

I’m amazed that it even passed the first reading… but then again, it seems like everything passes the first reading.

Any person who knowingly manufactures, sells, transfers, possesses, or transports a pocket knife in the State shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

As used in this section:

“Pocket knife” means a knife with a blade that folds into the handle and which is suitable for carrying in the pocket.

For more info on the bill, click here

3 Responses

  1. Interesting bill you dug up, Damon. I am guessing it is the “concealed” part of pocketknives somebody doesn’t like, and they’ll let me continue to carry my 7-inch-blade buck knife.

    Damon – I don’t know about the buck knife… but they better let me carry my machete into the post office. ;)

  2. If there is any banning; they should bann illegal selling of fire-arms to convicted felons.

    A pocket knife should be the least of their problems. It shouldn’t have been introduced in the first place let alone pass the first reading.


  3. To clarify two things:

    Senator Ihara introduced the bill by request (the BR part after his name). This means someone asked him to introduce the bill. This does not necessarily mean Sen. Ihara is for or against the bill. I have no idea where he stands on it nor the rational for the bill. disclosure: I live in his district and voted for him.

    Secondly, just about all bills pass first “reading”. The next hurdle is whether the bill is “heard” in committee or killed by not doing so. If heard, it could still be held in committee. Thus keeping it from moving forward.

    That all said, my personal opinion is that it is unclear to me what is the problem with pocket knives. I haven’t heard of too many (any?) incidents in which pocket knives were used in the commission of a crime. But I could be wrong and if the bill is heard, perhaps whomever offered the bill could explain their side of the story.

    Damon – Thank you for clarifying Mr. Seto. After working at the Legislature in more of a technical aspect, I only learned the basics of the legislature. I appreciate comments from people who are much more experienced in this process. I did understand the part about introducing bills… I just don’t understand why a Rep. would put their name behind ridiculous legislation other then to appease a constituent. Seems like a weird political maneuver.

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